Assessing the Mental, Physical, and Emotional Impact of Lockdowns during the Pandemic

A woman wearing a mask looking out a window during the lockdown
Written by Nancy

The anxiety and stress from the ongoing pandemic put a strain on everyone’s nerves. So, it’s no surprise that imposing lockdowns severely impacted everyone’s mental, emotional, and even physical health.

Contrary to the initial belief that lockdowns will help people relax and be more mindful, the duration of lockdowns has negatively affected people. Children, adults, and the elderly have been affected disproportionately, especially frontline workers and their family members.

Exacerbating Existing Mental Health Issues

Lockdowns have worsened mental health and caused relapses for people with pre-pandemic mental health issues. Most studies have found causality between increased anxiety, symptoms of depression, and panic to lockdowns.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder patients have become more meticulous with hygiene. People have exhibited symptoms of PTSD and suicidal thoughts. Not being able to maintain a healthy routine nullifies efforts to fight against mental health disorders.

Crippling Emotional Health

Staying indoors for days cultivated feelings of loneliness and isolation in people. People have been unable to follow their routines, they’ve been increasingly frustrated, and their anxiety and stress have flared up.

People who performed lesser physical activity bore the brunt of anxiety and restlessness. The increase in negative moods was the same in COVID-19 positive and COVID-19 negative people.

Emotional health in young people was affected the most because they have a higher need for social interaction. Family members of health workers and essential job employees experienced more fear than others because their loved ones were at the frontline of the pandemic.


A man looking out a window during the lockdown

Sedentary Lifestyle

Stay-at-home orders and the closure of gyms encouraged a sedentary lifestyle among adults and children.

Studies suggest that the body mass index for children and teenagers nearly doubled during the pandemic lockdowns. Since parks are considered public spaces, children don’t get to go out as much and fulfill their daily physical activity needs. School closures and online learning reduce children’s opportunities to engage with others, leading to increased stress and poor nutrition for some children.

People have adopted snacking while working from home, ordering more fast food, and working out less often. Since people are spending more time at home, they have more time to prepare meals and eat. They’ve been consuming more calories in regular meals and as a way to relieve stress.

Body Pains and Poor Posture

The average person in the US has been spending at least four more hours sitting down than usual. Nearly 40% of them have experienced new body pains because they’ve been working and studying on furniture unsuitable for long periods of work.

Using ill-suited locations to work for long hours has led to a ‘pandemic posture’ that puts unbalanced pressure on some joints and muscles of the body.

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About the author


I’m Nancy and no, I didn’t always look like I do in that picture on the right. My foray into health and fitness began as a brace-faced, 16 year-old who was too afraid to wear a two-piece at the beach because I felt my body paled in comparison to my much more toned friends.

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